Archive for December 4th, 2013

Blockade violence kills 10

Violence during the blockade of road, railway and waterways enforced by the opposition alliance seeking the cancellation of the national polls schedule left at least 10 people dead on the fourth day of the second spell of the opposition blockade on Tuesday. With the death of nine people, and scores being wounded, the number of death reached 40 in violence […]

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Ershad changes mind again

Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad on Tuesday, a day after the closure of submission of nominations for the 10th parliament elections scheduled for January 5, 2014, announced that his party would boycott the polls. Ershad made the announcement at a press conference at his office at Banani although the party candidates including Ershad submitted nomination papers on Monday. ‘I have […]

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Blockaders may plunge launches, ferries: PM

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Tuesday said she had information that the blockaders have a dirty plan to plunge launches and ferries in their intensified efforts to destabilise the country in the name of movement. ‘There is a directive to blockaders to plunge launches and ferries,’ she said without mentioning who had given the directive. The prime minister said […]

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Grassroots keep the movement going

Bangladesh Nationalist Party which is leading the current agitations for a polls-time non-party government largely depends on its grassroots activists to carry on the protests as it could not yet build up an effective movement in the capital. A member of BNP standing committee admitted that movement in the capital had not geared up yet but the party’s district units […]

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Corruption in Bangladesh still alarming: TI survey

Bangladesh was today ranked 16th from the bottom, among 177 countries, in the global corruption index for the year 2013. Corruption in Bangladesh remains alarming according to Transparency International, a global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption. Bangladesh shared the spot with Kenya, Ivory Coast and Guinea. In South Asia, Bangladesh stood the second most corrupt country after […]

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City people go out to work panicked

People in the capital Dhaka are going out to work panicked amid the continued blockade the BNP-led opposition alliance is enforcing centring on the demand for an election-time, non-party government, cancellation of the polls schedule and release of opposition leaders arrested during the blockade. The opposition alliance is now enforcing a 72-hour countrywide blockade of road, railway and waterways beginning […]

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JP ministers, presidium members in dark over poll boycott

Hussain Muhammad Ershad decided to boycott the parliamentary elections scheduled for January 5 keeping in the dark almost all ministers, the party’s presidium members and leaders of his party who submitted their nomination for the polls. Some ranking Jatiya Party leaders told New Age on Tuesday afternoon that such an announcement was a tactic to bargain with the Awami League […]

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CEC renews call for consensus

Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad on Tuesday said time for a political consensus was running out fast and renewed his call for the political parties to reach an agreement before it was too late. ‘We had made a clarion call on all to reach a consensus after our meeting with the president [Abdul Hamid] on November 19. Two weeks […]

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Minor boy hurt in Chittagong bomb blast

A schoolboy was injured when a crude bomb exploded in the city’s Pahartali area on Tuesday, the 4th straight day of the road-rail-waterway blockade enforced by the BNP-led 18-party alliance. The victim was identified as Minhaz Hossain Belal, 7, son of Mamtaz Uddin, of the area. Chittagong Medical College Hospital police assistant sub-inspector Pankaj Barua, said the incident took place […]

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US, Canada continue to press for credible polls

As the wrangling over the general elections remains muddled, Bangladesh’s friends and development partners including USA and Canada continued to press upon the two major parties to undertake constructive dialogue to end violence and hold free, fair and credible polls. The US embassy in Dhaka on Tuesday said as the end of the mandate for the current government fast approaches, […]

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Indian FS due today

Foreign secretary of India Mrs. Sujatha Singh arrives in Dhaka today on a two-day visit to Bangladesh. Apart from bilateral meeting with her counterpart foreign secretary Md. Shahidul Haque, Sujata will call on prime minister Sheikh Hasina and foreign minister Abdul Hasan Mahmood Ali. She will also meet opposition leader and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and chairman of Jatiya Party […]

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FBCCI calls for political consensus

The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday decided to hoist white flags in front of all business institutions across the country in next seven days demanding a business-friendly environment. The decision was made at an emergency meeting of the FBCCI board of directors at the office of the apex trade body in the city. The meeting […]

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AL surprised by Ershad’s decision to boycott polls

The ruling Awami League was surprised by the decision of Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad that his party would not participate in the 10th parliamentary elections set for January 5. Talking to New Age a number of AL leaders said the decision of Ershad a day after the last date for submission of nomination papers was unexpected as they hoped […]

December 4, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

3 schoolboys abducted for ransom in Khulna

Three schoolboys were abducted allegedly by pirates on Monday night from Koira upazila headquarters in Khulna for ransom. The abducted are Abu Saleh , 9, and Abul Hasan, 10, Class IV students of a local primary school, and Mujahid, 12, a Class VI student of Koira High School. According to the police, the three students were abducted on their way […]

December 4, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

ACC seeks documents from Sonali Bank

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Tuesday sent a letter to the state-owned Sonali Bank managing director asking for documents relating to alleged misappropriation of around Tk 2,440 crore from its five branches. The commission deputy director Mir Joynul Abdien Shibly sent the letter asking for loan related documents of the bank’s Local Office and Foreign Exchange branch in Dhaka, Laldighi Corporate […]

December 4, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Repression against journalists: BFUJ wants CJ intervention

Journalist unions on Tuesday submitted an application to the chief justice seeking his intervention in ending repression against journalists, lawyers and rights activists in the custody of the law enforcement agencies. The application referred to the recent arrests of two journalists of private television Rtv, and their subsequent remand in custody ‘on a ridiculous allegation of instigation to the opposition’s […]

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Man stabbed to death in city

A crime suspect was stabbed to death at Aftabnagar under Badda police station in the city on early Tuesday. The deceased Md Faruk, 30, a resident of Anandanagar of Merul Badda, was involved in rod, cement and earth-filing trade in the area. Badda police sub-inspector Mahmudul Hasan said that Faruk was stabbed indiscriminately by some assailants following old rivalry with […]

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Ashton’s statement reflects EU position on BD: Hanna

The European Union’s position on the issues related to the upcoming national election in Bangladesh has remained unchanged, head of the EU delegation to Bangladesh William Hanna said here on Tuesday. Hanna referred to the statement of the high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy and vice-president of the commission Catherine Ashton issued from Brussels […]

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PDB starts importing 450MW of power from Indian grid

The state-run Power Development Board has started importing 450MW of power from Indian grid since Tuesday morning, officials said. ‘Today we have started receiving between 420MW and 422MW of power at a high voltage DC sub-station in Bangladesh side against a supply of 450MW of power from India,’ Power Grid Company of Bangladesh managing director Chowdhury Alamgir Hossain told New […]

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Dhaka, Washington sign MoC

Dhaka and Washington on Tuesday signed a memorandum of cooperation for mutual cooperation in the sphere of drug control between the US drug enforcement administration and Bangladesh’s home ministry. This MoC is intended to increase cooperation aimed at combating organised criminal groups with national, regional, and international connections, illicit drug and precursor chemical trafficking and the prevention of drug smuggling […]

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